Colombia Travel Guide

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Long considered a dangerous country to travel due to decades of civil war and bloodshed, Colombia has only recently become a safe haven for travelers. As a result, there are a wide variety of opportunities to be taken advantage of in this country, ranging from modern cities with accommodations to rival the most luxurious within the West, to pristine Caribbean beaches, safaris in the Amazon jungle, colonial architecture and history, coffee plantations, archaeological treasures, and much, much more. Still, despite recent increases in safety and security, cautious travelers should always be aware of the dangers in any country, regardless of its location in the world.

Colombia boasts a versatile range of climates and topography. With borders on both the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean there are a variety of beaches to choose from, as well as the Amazon jungle and river, and the rugged northern reaches of the Andes Mountains. An equatorial country, Colombia is generally humid and tropic, although the furthest reaches of the mountains can be a bit more arid.

Bogota is arguably one of the most famous Colombian cities for visitors, and it is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Latin America’s urban life. Home to more than 7 million people, the capital boasts a historic center featuring a wide range of churches and museums, and a dizzying array of cafés and restaurants will have your tongue dancing to the Latin American beat within moments. However, Colombia isn't just about cities or colonial history. The country is home to some of South America’s most prestigious national parks, which are the perfect opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts.

Accommodations and transport will vary depending on what part of the country you're in, but as a general rule of thumb it’s wise to avoid renting a car, and instead rely upon public transportation. Still a bit rough around the edges, Colombia is moving into the modern world after decades of being held back.

Bogota #1 most popular location
Are you picturing an underhand drug deal and street gangs at the mere thought of Colombia? Bogota can be a little on the shady side, though the vast majority of the illicit activity takes pla…
511travelers 73reviews 59blogs
Cartagena #2 most popular location
Cartagena is a large Caribbean seaport on the north coast of Colombia and its most popular tourist destination. The city is noted for its impressive architecture, mixed ethnicity and a sumptu…
150travelers 58reviews 60blogs
Medellin #3 most popular location
Smaller than Bogota and situated in the Aburrá valley, surrounded by beautiful mountains, Medellín is one of the newest and most modern large cities in South America. Once the home of the …
194travelers 39reviews 53blogs
Cali #4 most popular location
Cali or Santiago de Cali is the third most populated city in Colombia. It’s the capitol of Valle del Cauca department but commonly known as the Salsa capitol of the world. Proud Cali dwelle…
93travelers 27reviews 14blogs
Santa Marta #5 most popular location
This city right by the beach is a stop over to great beaches and the lost city jungle track. Here you will find busy markets, some night life with busy working girls and a nice strip on the b…
27travelers 17reviews 15blogs
Barranquilla #6 most popular location
Barranquilla is a beautiful city located next to Grand River Magdalena. Has some big malls with branded factory outlets. People are warm, friendly and open to recieve others. Barranquilla …
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San Andres #7 most popular location
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Taganga #8 most popular location
From Santa Marta you take a 20 minute bus ride to Taganga and you leave behind a busy city to enter a quite, charming fishers town with a couple of secluded beaches and all the peace you are …
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Pereira #9 most popular location
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Leticia #10 most popular location
Leticia is a small town of approximately 37,000 inhabitants situated on the left bank of the Amazon River. City belongs to Columbia but it is separated from Brazilian city of Tabatinga by one…
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Manizales #11 most popular location
A pleasant break from the hustle and bustle of larger cities like Medellin, Bogota and Cali, Manizales is located in the heart of Zona Cafeteria. Whereas many other cities are situated in val…
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Popayan #12 most popular location
Popayan is a city still living like the colonial times.. very well preserved buildings, beautifully lightened narrow streets and warm blooded people makes this little city worth to visit. …
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Bucaramanga #13 most popular location
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Armenia #14 most popular location
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San Gil #15 most popular location
San Gil is a quiet and charming town. It is cool place to visit and spend some time. The adventure tourism trade is beginning to take off and offers rafting, canoeing and paragliding among ot…
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Salento #16 most popular location
Salento is a quaint little town tucked away in the mountain of Quindío Department in Colombia. It can be easily accessed from the three nearest big cities, Bogota, Cali and Medellin, by a co…
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Villa de Leyva #17 most popular location
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Pasto #18 most popular location
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Cucuta #19 most popular location
Seriously consider bypassing Cucuta. It has nothing of note to attract visitors other than the fact it is the border crossing to Venezuela. The border is open 24 hours and it is possible …
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Ciudad Perdida #20 most popular location
Ciudad Perdida or Lost City is an archaeological site in Colombian Sierra Nevada that was discovered in 1972 by the treasure hunters. Although local tribes used to visit this sacred site regu…
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Zipaquira #21 most popular location
Zipaquirá is a charming town located 48 km north of Bogotá. The main square is surrounded by old Spanish Colonial style buildings. It has fantastic bakeries! Above the town, on Zipa hill…
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Guatape #22 most popular location
Baru #23 most popular location
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Ipiales #24 most popular location
Ipiales is situated high in the mountain (~9500 ft) near the Colombian-Ecuadorian border. This is a must stop for those who want to cross the land border and take long distance buses to rest …
1travelers 2blogs
Villa de Leiva #25 most popular location
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San Agustin #26 most popular location
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Santa Elena #27 most popular location
When your in Colombia and South America make sure your reading about the right location, there seems to be more than one Santa Elena in Colombia. the one i know is in the hills above Medellin…
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Mompos #28 most popular location
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Parque Tayrona #29 most popular location
Guarne #30 most popular location
Guarne Colombia is a municipality located in the East suregión Antioquia department. Bordered on the north by the municipalities of Copacabana, Girardota and San Vicente, on the east by San …
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Minca #31 most popular location
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Chia #32 most popular location
Chía is a town and municipality in the Cundinamarca department of Colombia, located to the north of Bogotá on the main road to Zipaquira. Its history dates back to the pre-Columbian era. Th…
Rosario Islands #33 most popular location
The Rosario Islands Archipelago was formed less than 5000 years ago. Active mud volcanoes rose the submarine floor until favorable conditions for algae growth allowed the coral reef to be dev…
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Barichara #34 most popular location
Barichara is a town and municipality in the Santander Department in northeastern Colombia. It is a gorgeous wee town which is protected meaning nothing can be modernised. Steeping into the…
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Quimbaya #35 most popular location
San Cipriano #36 most popular location
Islas del Rosario #37 most popular location
San Augustin #38 most popular location
Tayrona National Park #39 most popular location
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Antioquia #40 most popular location
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Parque Nacional Tayrona #41 most popular location
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Suesca #42 most popular location
Isla Fuerte #43 most popular location
Punta Gallinas #44 most popular location
Jardin #45 most popular location
Coconuco #46 most popular location
Los Angeles #47 most popular location
Parque Tutucan #48 most popular location
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Las Islas del Rosario #50 most popular location